Glorious in white, the salon frames the green-blue Chicago River below
As the only retailer in Chicago selling the French perfume line, Caron can be had here not only in a number of readily available bottles (see above) but also by decanting one of three signature fragrances from Baccarat crystal fountains into your own colored glass atomizer ($195, see below). It's a rare site in any salon let alone a hotel salon.
When we talked to Cristiano, he didn't hesitate to credit his wife, Antonietta, as the brains behind the Caron perfume center (she's long been a supportive partner in much of his work). But this is the other bonus of visiting the new salon; Cristiano is as kind and down to earth as they come, whether you're Marian Carey or not. It may cost $350 for his magic hands to do their work, but those who speak from experience claim God-like miracles (but, for those who can't swing it, cute cuts from other stylists begin at $85). Factor in the friendly service, celebrity-caliber care and a dose of French Caron perfume, and a visit can get you seriously lifted.
One of three Baccarat crystal fountains used to decant Caron fragrances at Anthony Cristiano.
We found rates at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago starting at $395.
[Photos:Nina Kokotas Hahn/HotelChatter]